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Plainfield approves ash tree replacements

PLAINFIELD – The village of Plainfield is continuing to replace trees cut down because of emerald ash borer infestation.

The village board last week waived bidding and authorized the purchase and planting of more than 200 parkway trees at a maximum cost of $85,000 from the Suburban Tree Consortium.

“The impact on the ash borer has been rather substantive and real in our community,” Village Administrator Brian Murphy said. “The larvae feed on the cambium layer of the tree, immediately below the bark. The damage done to the cambium layer effectively strangles the tree, resulting in a potential safety hazard in the public rights of way.”

Replacing the infested trees is listed as one of the village’s main objectives in the 2015 budget. The budget estimates more than 800 trees will be removed in the next year at a cost of $200,000.

Village documents state that the emerald ash borer beetle, an invasive species native to Asia, was confirmed three years ago in Plainfield by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The village has removed approximately 30 percent of more than 6,000 parkway Ash trees. In 2013, $193,177 was spent on removal and replacement of the trees.

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